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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 19, 2011 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead and 'Politics'

>SotM may be the lone true exception,

agree with what you are saying overall but must insist that Morning Dew is definitely a political (anti-nuke) song.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 19, 2011 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead and 'Politics'

Yeah, that's its origins with Bonnie Dobson. I don't hear it that way, though; it just seems to have a different resonance. I feel like there are other layers that attracted the band in the context of what they were doing and that get conveyed beyond an actual post-nuclear apocalypse reading. But that's totally subjective, of course.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 19, 2011 12:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead and 'Politics'

Interesting.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 19, 2011 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead and 'Politics'

"Taking a shit is a political act, smoking it is a more political act."

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-02-09.sbd.allred.9888.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: WillCo Date: Aug 19, 2011 2:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead and 'Politics' - Maples Pavilion show

That Wavy Gravy introduction was labelled on a tape I acquired long ago as "Wavy Gravy Rap". I remember being disappointed when it turned out not to be a new song! Actually, in view of the fact that loads of new tunes were debuted at this show, maybe I wasn't that stupid .... okay, okay maybe there's no excuse.

It's a very, very good show.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 19, 2011 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Dead and 'Politics'

Seems to me to be stretching a point ... sure, "anything" can be political, but then we dilute the term to meaninglessness. What would be a political song if an anti-nuke song is not political?

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